A crash in the second race of the day prevented Stuart Easton from scoring points on his World Superbike Championship debut at Assen, but he was nonetheless pleased to have had the opportunity to race on the international stage for the first time.
Stepping in for the injured Broc Parkes at Kawasaki SRT, Easton enjoyed a consistent race pace throughout the day as he attempted to fight back from his lowly 23rd place starting position.
Running just outside the points in the first race, Easton would have to settle for 18th eventually, five seconds behind more experienced team-mate Makoto Tamada. Aiming to build on that in the second race, Easton ran ahead of eventual point scorers Matteo Baiocco and Luca Scassa before crashing on lap three.
Nonetheless, despite coming away from the Netherlands empty-handed, British Superbike racer Easton was delighted with the experience.
"It was a real pleasure to be asked by Paul to replace Broc this weekend and be part of a factory team at this level as I know the team well so it was nice to be working with them again. I qualified as well as I expected seeing it was a new bike and not so familiar to me, and it was a bonus to out-qualify Makoto.
“In race one I had a good start but I was a bit disappointed with my result as I felt that I was being a bit too cautious and could have maybe pushed a little harder.
“In race two I wanted to try and grab some points and was pushing a bit too hard and lost the front early on which was unfortunate for me and the team. Overall it was a good experience here for me in Assen and I wish the guys the best of luck in Monza."